lane aimed at cutting border wait times for some trucks from hours to minutes
opened April 15 at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, TX, The Associated
and Secure Trade, or FAST, lane is the second along the U.S.-Mexico border.
FAST lanes also are planned by the end of the year at Otay Mesa, CA; El
Calexico, CA; Nogales, AZ; and Hidalgo and Brownsville, TX.
was opened at a ceremony with Customs and Border Protection Commissioner
Robert Bonner and his Mexican counterpart, Administrator General Jose Guzman-Montalvo.
eligible for the lane are cleared in advance. Bonner said the program worked
by assuring security at three points: the point of manufacture, the trucking
company and the actual driver.
are already part of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism; the
truck companies validate that they meet security standards, and the truckers
undergo background checks.
130 companies have already enrolled, including Sony electronics, IBM and
crossing has about 1.2 million trucks crossing it each year, and as many
as 4,000 per day.